What is MoReq2010®?

MoReq2010® is the newest and most far reaching international functional specification published to date that defines how compliant records systems should operate and interoperate. While building on the foundational approaches of internationally recognised standards in records management, such as ISO 15489, ISO 23081, ISO 16175, and its predecessor MoReq2, MoReq2010® goes beyond any of these in its scope, definition and ambition.

MoReq2010® provides an easy to read narrative combined with precisely defined functional and non-functional requirements and a fully worked information model that caters to both the educational needs of the beginner, the professional needs of the seasoned records management practitioner, as well as the exacting blueprint required by the engineers, suppliers and test centres that are developing MoReq2010® compliant solutions and bringing them to market.

What makes MoReq2010® so new and different?

Here are just some of the many characteristics that are unique to MoReq2010®:

Because of the exceptional level of functionality defined by MoReq2010®, the DLM Forum has coined the term, “MoReq2010® Compliant Records System”, or MCRS, to describe only those advanced records systems that fully comply with the MoReq2010® specification.

Who developed MoReq2010®?

MoReq2010® was developed and published by the DLM Forum, a not-for-profit foundation, created and sponsored by the European Commission, that is dedicated to furthering international dialogue and establishing industry standards for information, records, archives and document lifecycle management.


What are records and why are they important?

Every organisation must manage records.  Without records a business cannot operate in either a public or a private capacity.  Records are those important documents and data sets that must be retained to ensure that the organisation:

The scope of an organisation’s records may encompass:

An organisation’s records may incorporate not just traditional paper documents, but also information in electronic formats, such as email, spreadsheets, audio-visual recordings, web pages and even tweets.

What is the role of a records system?

Today’s organisations use information systems to manage their records.  An information system that is used to manage records, whether those records are physical or electronic, is called a records system.  Experience shows that those organisations that do not use adequate records systems, suited to the fundamental requirements of records management, are most often found to be in breach of their legal or other responsibilities.

Because records are vital to every organisation’s operations, it is important that record systems are purchased and implemented by organisations with extreme diligence.  Prior to their adoption, they must be shown to be secure and conform to the minimum level of functionality necessary to properly manage records for the business.

The functionality required of records systems includes, but is not limited to:

The MoReq2010® specification defines the necessary functional requirements, and also contains extensive non-functional requirements, for every type of records system needed by an organisation.